Saturday, 26th February, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 16:25 KJV)
In Genesis 13:14, God said to Abraham, “...Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward.” Abraham wasn’t looking at the physical world; he was looking in the spirit. That’s easy to decipher when you study Acts 7:5; it says, “And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.”
Think about that! Abraham never possessed even a little bit of the land, yet God said, “I’ll give the land to you and to your seed.” So, when Abraham lifted his eyes to look, he wasn’t thinking of earthly things; he was thinking spiritually.
But this wasn’t the case with his nephew Lot. When Lot had a similar opportunity, read what the Bible says: “And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere…” (Genesis 13:10). Lot was carried away by the lushness and plushness of the land, what his physical eyes could see. Remember, Lot was also a righteous man (2 Peter 2:7-8); but because he didn’t see spiritually, he made wrong choices that messed up his life.
There’re Christians like that today who made certain choices for which others applauded them, but those choices led or would and could lead to their destruction. Therefore, I say to you: Don’t make carnal choices. See in the Spirit, with the Spirit, and through the Spirit.
Let the Holy Spirit help you bring God’s dream that’s in your heart to pass. See and live spiritually; that way, everything about your life will have only one clear motive: how to continually bring glory to Jesus Christ! So, in making life’s choices, let it be with a heart of purity, a heart of righteousness—devoid of fleshly and selfish inclinations.
"Dear Lord, all I ever want is to please you, walk in your perfect will, and see your will and purpose established in the earth and in the hearts of men as it is in heaven. Thank you for your glory in my life, and the purity of my heart in serving you, as your Spirit sanctifies me through and through, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
Colossians 3:1-2; Matthew 6:33; Hebrews 11:8-10
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Mark 7:24-8:1-13 & Numbers 1-2
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 21:27-39 & Psalm 42-43